I would like to get faith in Japanese for a tattoo. This is what I’ve seen. “信” and “信頼“ What is the difference between the two?

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    There is not a one-to-one correspondence between Japanese and English words. What exactly do you mean by 'faith' and what sentiment do you intend it to convey? Commented Oct 17, 2020 at 14:49

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I believe that "信" has the meaning of trust or believing in something, for example:

Do you believe in fairies?

Whereas "信頼" is the word I would use for a more "serious" kind of trust, for example:

I have complete trust in my doctor.

If you want the term "faith" in a religious sense for your tattoo I would look into "信仰" instead. Another example:

My mother believes in Christianity.

I took all of these examples from Jisho.org, a place I would recommend you consult before getting your tattoo!


信 or 信頼 is not come to my mind as a translation of faith. Probably , Japanese does not have the perfect matching word with the faith.

信:Trust , Belief, truth ,signal ,message ,etc. (multi meaning word) 信頼:Trust

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